NANCY POWELL ¦ Staff Writer
Gov. Martin O’Malley tours the Boardwalk during his visit to Ocean City on Wednesday afternoon to check on storm damage. Before coming to Ocean City, he visited Crisfield, which had a considerable amount of damage. “We were very fortunate in the state,” O’Malley said.OCEAN CITY TODAY/NANCY POWELL(Nov. 2, 2012) Accompanied by Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan and Sen. Jim Mathias, Gov. Martin O’Malley walked about one block on the Boardwalk Wednesday while assessing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
“We were able to dodge the bullet,” O’- Malley said.
The governor had been in Crisfield before coming to the resort. Some Crisfield residents remained in shelters, he said, but the town looked “remarkably good.”
As for Ocean City, he said he knew part of the pier was missing, but he was glad the Boardwalk was still in place. It was “a beautiful sight,” he said, to see Ocean City intact as he flew over the resort earlier.
“We were very fortunate in the storm,” O’Malley said.
Garrett County is still under two feet of snow and some people were still without power, but “as we clean up, we notify FEMA and they can go north” where damage was more severe and more widespread. Water rescue crews and tower crews were headed from Maryland to New Jersey. Northern states are also flexing their resources, he said.
O’Malley also mentioned the beach replenishment project that was started many years ago to save property, lives and buildings. Meehan said the Army Corps of Engineers was in town Wednesday and there were “some minor dune repairs to make.”
“If beach replenishment wasn’t done, the beach wouldn’t be here,” he said.
The governor also complimented the first responders for their work during the storm and told Bud Church, president of the Worcester County Commissioners that he was glad the commissioners opened shelters at some of the schools.
Before returning to his vehicle for a ride down the Boardwalk, he congratulated Police Chief Bernadette DiPino on her upcoming new career as police chief of Sarasota, Fla.